New Zealand's youngest offender on police files is a 3-year-old accused of the theft of a teddy bear.

Details released under the Official Information Act show under-5s questioned by police had committed offences of theft and property damage.

One case involved the 3-year-old from Counties Manukau who allegedly stole a teddy bear from a supermarket.

The child was with family in the store when the toy was found in the youngster's stroller. The parents denied any wrongdoing and said the child must have taken the toy.

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Other crimes committed by children include a 4-year-old smashing a fire alarm at a shopping centre and another being part of a group that smashed cladding on a garage.

The figures also detail an 11-year-old in Auckland who allegedly committed an aggravated robbery, a 10-year-old who indecently assaulted a young female and another who exhibited an objectionable publication.

Under the Crimes Act, no person can be convicted of an act committed under the age of 10.

Ten- and 11-year-olds can be charged only with murder or manslaughter. Children aged 12 and 13 can be charged if their offending has become very serious or persistent.

The country's oldest offenders were mainly apprehended for driving offences. A Waikato 92-year-old was charged with disturbing use of a telephone and a 91-year-old in the central region with common assault.

The law takes into account the age of young offenders, keeping them out of court unless totally necessary.

The figures state, of the children under 10:

76 were apprehended for shoplifting
63 for wilful damage
34 for assault
26 for burglary
23 for theft
12 for arson
30 for other

All the stats:

Northland District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

92 Careless Driving
91 Wilful Damage
91 Careless Driving
91 Careless Driving
88 Careless Driving
87 Unlawful Intimidation/Threats (Verbal)
84 Assault Person With Blunt Instrument
84 Careless Driving
82 Careless Driving
82 Male Assaults Female (Manually)
82 Refusing Officers Request For Blood Specimen
62 Indecently Assaults Female Over 16

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

9 Theft (Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
10 Theft (Under $500)
10 Theft (Under $500)
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
10 Wilful Damage
10 Possess Offensive Weapon (Other)
10 Common Assault (Other Weapon)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)

Auckland District

Oldest
Age/ Offence Description

86 Careless Driving
86 Careless Driving
85 Careless Driving
84 Wound With Intent To Injure (Stabbing/Cutting Weapon)
84 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
83 Careless Driving
83 Careless Driving
82 Careless Driving
78 Males Rapes Female Under 12
61 Indecently Assaults Female Under 12

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

10 Other Threatening Behaviour Of Language
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Indecently Assaults Female 12-16
10 Cause Loss By Deception ($500-$1,000)
10 Other Arson
11 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
11 Aggravated Robbery (Other Weapon)
11 Theft (Over $1,000)
11 Disorderly Behaviour S4 S/Offences Act
11 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
11 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
11 Wilful Damage
11 Disorderly Behaviour S4 S/Offences Act
11 Theft Ex Person ($500-$1,000)
11 Theft ($500-1,000)
11 Theft Ex Person (Est Val Under $500)
11 Unlawfully Carry Imitation Firearm
11 Possess Offensive Weapon (Other)
11 Common Assault (Manually)
11 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)

Waitemata District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

92 Careless Driving
92 Careless Driving
89 Careless Driving
89 Common Assault (Manually)
88 Careless Driving
88 Careless Driving
87 Careless Driving
87 Careless Driving
87 Careless Or Inconsiderate Vehicle Operation Causing Injury (On A Road)
86 Careless Driving
86 Offensive Behaviour S4 S/Offences Act
86 Careless Driving
86 Drive While License Suspended Or Revoked
86 Careless Driving

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

9 Theft (Under $500)
10 Other Arson
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Unlawful Interferes Motor Vehicles (Motor Cars/Trucks Etc)
10 Accesses Computer System For Dishonest Purposes
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Assaults Police (Manually)
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
10 Accesses Computer System For Dishonest Purposes

Counties Manukau District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

95 Careless Driving
91 Careless Driving
88 Unlicensed Driver Failed To Comply With Prohibition
87 Careless Driving
87 Wilful Damage
86 Disorderly Behaviour (Likely To Cause Violence)
85 Careless Driving
84 Common Assault (Manually)
84 Careless Driving
83 Careless Driving
36 Indecently Assaults Female Under 12

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

3 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
9 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Unlawful Sexual Connection Male Under 12
10 Possess Knife In Public Place (Summ Off)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Unlawfully In Building
10 Unlawfully In Building
10 Wilful Damage
10 Unlawfully Opening Postal Article
10 Male Assaults Female (Manually)
10 Other Arson
10 Wilful Damage
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val $500 To $5000 By Day
10 Wilful Damage
10 Other Common Assault
10 Common Assault(Crimes Act)Manually
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Assault Person With Blunt Instrument

Waikato District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

92 Offensive/Disturbing Use Of Telephone
88 Other Common Assault
88 Obtain By Deception (Over $1,000)
87 Careless Driving
85 Careless Driving
84 Careless Driving
84 Common Assault (Manually)
78 Males Rapes Female Under 12
78 Males Rapes Female Over 16
62 Perjury

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Possess Airgun Under 18 Yrs No Licence
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Night
10 Theft (Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage - Graffiti Sec 11
10 Theft (Under $500)
10 Assault Person With Blunt Instrument
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Common Assault (Manually)
10 Shoplifts ($500-$1,000)
10 Behave Threateningly (Stabbing/Cutting Weapon)
10 Behave Threateningly (Other Weapon)
10 Threatens To Kill/Do GBH (Stabbing/Cutting Weapon)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Speaks Threateningly
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Night
10 Wilful Damage
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
10 Wilful Damage
10 Theft (Under $500)
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val $500 To $5000 By Day
10 Theft Ex Car (Under $500)

Bay of Plenty District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

94 Careless Driving
93 Drive While License Suspended Or Revoked
91 Careless Driving
88 Careless Driving
87 Careless Driving
86 Careless Driving
86 Careless Driving
86 Careless Driving
41 Other Indecent Assault

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

4 Wilful Damage
9 Other Arson
9 Other Burglary (Other Property)
10 Other Arson
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Unlawfully Carry Imitation Firearm
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val $500 To $5000 By Day
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Theft Of Animals (Over $1,000)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
10 Reckless Discharge Firearm/Restricted Weapon
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
10 Common Assault(Crimes Act)Manually
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Exhibited Etc Objectionable Publication Under 18
10 Theft (Under $500)
10 Assault Person With Blunt Instrument
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Common Assault (Domestic) (Manually)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Possess Offensive Weapon (Other)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Common Assault (Manually)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Other Burglary (Other Property)
10 Possess Needle/Syringe Etc For Cannabis
10 Indecent Assault On Boy Under 12
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage - Graffiti Sec 11
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
10 Other Burglary (Other Property)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage - Graffiti Sec 11

Eastern District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

92 Careless Driving
88 Common Assault (Manually)
87 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
84 Indecently Assaults Female Under 12
83 Indecently Assaults Female Over 16
83 Careless Driving
81 Careless Driving
80 Careless Driving
79 Allow Liquor Be Sold To Any Minor
79 Assaults With Intent To Injure (Manually)

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

4 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Possess Firearm/Amm/Explo Commits Other Offence
10 Unlawful Interferes Motor Vehicles (Motor Cars/Trucks Etc)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Theft (Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Theft (Under $500)
10 Unlawfully Carry/Possess Firearm/Res Weapon/Explosives/Ammunition
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage - Graffiti Sec 11
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val $500 To $5000 By Day
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)

Central District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

91 Common Assault (Manually)
88 Careless Or Inconsiderate Vehicle Operation Causing Injury (On A Road)
87 Careless Driving
87 Careless Driving
85 Careless Driving
85 Careless Or Inconsiderate Vehicle Operation Causing Injury (On A Road)
85 Allows Person To Become Intoxicated
84 Drove With Excess Breath Alcohol 3Rd Or Subsequent
84 Careless Driving
76 Indecent Assault On Boy Under 12
74 Males Rapes Female Under 12

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

9 Behave Threateningly (Stabbing/Cutting Weapon)
9 Wilful Damage
9 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
9 Wilful Damage
9 Common Assault (Manually)
10 Unlawful Takes Motor Vehicles (Motor Cars/Trucks Etc)
10 Other Common Assault(Crimes Act)
10 Disorderly Behaviour (Likely To Cause Violence)
10 Other Common Assault(Crimes Act)
10 Other Common Assault(Crimes Act)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Trespass
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Common Assault (Domestic) (Manually)
10 Common Assault (Domestic) (Manually)
10 Other Burglary (Other Property)
10 Common Assault(Crimes Act)Manually
10 Unlawfully Opening Postal Article
10 Wilful Damage - Graffiti Sec 11
10 Unlawful Takes Bicycle
10 Unlawfully Carry/Possess Firearm/Res Weapon/Explosives/Ammunition
10 Theft (Under $500)
10 Disorderly Behaviour S4 S/Offences Act
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Common Assault (Manually)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Reckless Discharge Firearm/Restricted Weapon
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)

Wellington District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

95 Careless Driving
91 Careless Driving
87 Careless Driving
87 Careless Driving
87 Careless Or Inconsiderate Vehicle Operation Causing Injury (On A Road)
86 Careless Driving
86 Careless Driving
86 Careless Driving
86 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
63 Unlawful Sexual Connection Female Under 12

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
10 Other Burglary (Other Property)
10 Theft (Under $500)
10 Threatens To Kill/Do GBH (Other Weapon)
10 Common Assault (Domestic) (Manually)
10 Other Arson
10 Indecently Assaults Female 12-16
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage

Tasman District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

94 Careless Or Inconsiderate Vehicle Operation Causing Injury (On A Road)
88 Careless Driving
85 Careless Driving
85 Careless Driving
84 Careless Driving
83 Threatens To Kill/Do GBH (Manually)
81 Careless Driving
81 Careless Driving
80 Careless Driving
80 Careless Driving
79 Careless Driving

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

9 Wilful Damage - Graffiti Sec 11
9 Common Assault(Domestic)Crimes Act(Manually)
9 Used Phone For Fictitious Purpose
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Common Assault (Manually)
10 Behave Threateningly (Other Weapon)
10 Reckless Discharge Firearm/Restricted Weapon
10 Lighting Fires
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val $500 To $5000 By Day
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val $500 To $5000 By Day
10 Other Burglary (Other Property)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Lighting Fires
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Lighting Fires
10 Lighting Fires
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Assault Person With Stabbing/Cutting Weapon
10 Assault Person With Blunt Instrument
10 Common Assault(Domestic)Crimes Act(Manually)
10 Wilful Damage

Canterbury District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

94 Careless Driving
93 Careless Driving
93 Careless Driving
92 Careless Or Inconsiderate Vehicle Operation Causing Injury (On A Road)
89 Careless Or Inconsiderate Vehicle Operation Causing Injury (On A Road)
89 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
88 Careless Driving
88 Careless Driving
87 Careless Driving
65 Indecent Assault On Boy 12-16
56 Unlawful Sexual Connection Female 12-16
56 Indecently Assaults Female Under 12

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

9 Other Burglary (Other Property)
10 Common Assault (Other Weapon)
10 Theft ($500-1,000)
10 Common Assault(Crimes Act)Manually
10 Common Assault (Manually)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Disorderly Behaviour S4 S/Offences Act
10 Common Assault (Manually)
10 Wilful Damage - Graffiti Sec 11
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Other Threatens To Kill/Do GBH
10 Breaches Of Telecommunication Act
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Speaks Threateningly
10 Theft ($500-1,000)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Wilfully Sets Fire To Property/Endangers Life By

Southern District

Oldest
Age / Offence Description

93 Fail To Stop After An Accident (Non Injury)
90 Careless Or Inconsiderate Vehicle Operation Causing Injury (On A Road)
90 Careless Driving
89 Careless Driving
89 Unlawful Sexual Connection Female Under 12
89 Common Assault(Domestic)Crimes Act(Other Weapon)
88 Careless Driving
88 Careless Or Inconsiderate Vehicle Operation Causing Injury (On A Road)
87 Careless Or Inconsiderate Vehicle Operation Causing Death (On A Road)
76 Unlawful Sexual Connection Female Under 12
76 Indecently Assaults Female Under 12
76 Indecently Assaults Female Under 12

Youngest
Age / Offence Description

9 Wilful Damage
9 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
9 Behave Threateningly (Stabbing/Cutting Weapon)
9 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
9 Wilfully Damage Property By Explosive/Endanger Life
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val Under $500 By Day
10 Unlawfully In Building
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Wilful Damage - Graffiti Sec 11
10 Common Assault(Crimes Act)Manually
10 Burgles (Other Property) Est Val $500 To $5000 By Day
10 Wilful Damage
10 Other Burglary (Other Property)
10 Wilful Damage
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 False Statement That Offence Committed
10 False Statement That Offence Committed
10 Wilfully Damage Property By Explosive/Endanger Life
10 Wilful Damage
10 Theft Ex Dwelling (Est Val Under $500)
10 Other Arson
10 Fighting In Public Place
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)
10 Common Assault(Domestic)Crimes Act(Manually)
10 Shoplifts (Est Val Under $500)